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Redescribing Relations: Strathernian Conversations on Ethnography, Knowledge and Politics

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Redescribing Relations

Strathernian Conversations on Ethnography, Knowledge and Politics

Edited by Ashley Lebner
Afterword by Marilyn Strathern

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“Ashley Lebner's analytic synthesis of Strathern’s work is remarkable, the writing is elegant and the argument is convincing and important. The breadth of the analysis is impressive and allows for a very personal, sensitive, detailed and deep reading of Strathern’s practice to emerge...a tour-de-force!” · Emilia Sanabria, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon 

“Marilyn Strathern remains one of social anthropology's pre-eminent scholars. Since the book provides a glimpse into the ways in which scholars have fruitfully engaged with Strathern's ideas in a form that does not exist at the present moment, this work will have broad appeal.” · Barbara Bodenhorn, University of Cambridge

“Ashley Lebner has assembled an outstanding set of contributors. Marilyn Strathern’s work demands careful reading, and this collection shows us how and why Strathern’s work continues to provoke new conversations.” · Andrew Barry, University College London


Marilyn Strathern is among the most creative and celebrated contemporary anthropologists, and her work draws interest from across the humanities and social sciences. Redescribing Relations brings some of Strathern’s most committed and renowned readers into conversation in her honour – especially on themes she has rarely engaged. The volume not only deepens our understanding of Strathern’s work, it also offers models of how to extend her relational insights to new terrains. With a comprehensive introduction, a complete list of Strathern's publications and a historic interview published in English for the first time, this is an invaluable resource for Strathern’s old and new interlocutors alike.

Ashley Lebner is Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Subject: General Anthropology Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies



Introduction: Strathern’s Redescription of Anthropology
Ashley Lebner

Chapter 1. Within the Limits of a Certain Language: Interview with Marilyn Strathern
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Carlos Fausto

Chapter 2. The Scale(s) of Justice
Carol J. Greenhouse

Chapter 3. Exchanging Equations: Anthropology as/beyond Symmetry
Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Chapter 4. Thinking across Domains: Structures of Debate in Indigenous Rights Claims
Stuart Kirsch

Chapter 5. Pacifist Devices: The Human-Technology Interface in the Field of Conflict Resolution
Yael Navaro

Chapter 6. Audit Loops and Audit Implosion
Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik

Chapter 7. Slow Motions [Extended Remix]: Comments on a Few Texts by Marilyn
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Marcio Goldman
Selections and Translation by Ashley Lebner

Conclusion: Thinking Through Proliferations of Geometries, Fractions and Parts    
Sarah Green

Afterword: The Disappearing of an Office
Marilyn Strathern

Appendix: Marilyn Strathern: A Complete Bibliography


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